Political Notebook

Clovis Mayor Magsig recommends one of his consultants for city post

Clovis Mayor Nathan Magsig
Clovis Mayor Nathan Magsig

On Monday night, the Clovis City Council will be asked to approve an appointment to the city’s seven-member personnel commission.

This seemingly mundane agenda item would put Darren Rose on the commission to fill the term of Tom Miyake, who in May resigned for medical reasons. Rose was selected from three applicants after interviews with Mayor Nathan Magsig and General Services Director Robert Ford.

Here’s what makes it not so mundane: Rose did consulting for Magsig’s Fresno County supervisor campaign, which culminated with a June 7 victory over businessman Alex Ott. Magsig paid Rose $5,000 for his work.

There is no hint of this relationship in paperwork about the appointment, including a part of the report that specifically says “Conflict of Interest.” That part says “none.” The staff report further says Magsig himself is making the recommendation.

Magsig said Friday that he didn’t think there was a conflict.

Maybe, Magsig said, if it was “the other way around, and he paid me. But me paying him, I just don’t see how that would be a conflict.”

In addition, Magsig said Rose is the best choice.

All three applicants were good, Magsig said, but “Darren was the most qualified based on his background.”

Magsig said Rose was once a staffer for former Rep. George Radanovich, a Mariposa Republican, and has done considerable consulting work since then.

“We felt he was the most well-rounded candidate for the position,” Magsig said. He added that Ford was in agreement on the recommendation.

Ford could not be reached for comment.

The position is unpaid. Rose’s term would end in May 2018.

Magsig will leave the Clovis City Council at the end of the year, and then will take his seat on the Fresno County Board of Supervisors in January. He replaces Debbie Poochigian, who did not seek reelection.